So, about an hour ago I finished playing The Beginner’s Guide. A ninety minute long autobiographical exploration, the game was easily the most personally resonant, raw, cathartic video game I have ever played.
I tried to say thank you to the creator on Twitter when I finished. Thank you didn’t feel appropriate. No response to the creator felt appropriate. The only response that feels right for this game is silence.
I wrote notes while playing about all of the emotional touch stones that were resonating with me. I wrote notes about all of the things I personally felt so alone in that this game seemed to mirror. I planned to write a review about the ways the game personally resonated with me like no other piece of media before has.
I scrapped them all.
Words don’t feel justified right now.
Words would only cheapen what I experienced.
The Beginner’s Guide is a game you need to go into completely blind. If anyone wants to know what emotional themes in the game resonated with me so strongly, email Laura@Destructoid.com. I don’t feel I can talk about those details in the review. It just doesn’t feel right after playing the game to its conclusion.
Seriously, I know I’ve told you very little about the game, but please just this once take me on my word. The Beginner’s Guide is ninety mins you owe it to yourself to play.